Name: Gensericus of the Vandals
Occupation: Plundered Carthage and Rome
Change Date: 20 OCT 2009
Godegisl had one illegitimate son by his concubine, GENSERIC [Gaiseric] (-477). Procopius names ?Gizerichus notus? as son of ?Godigisclo?. Isidor's Historia Gothorum, Wandalorum, Sueborum names "Gesericus frater Gunderici" when recording that he succeeded the latter as Vandal king in Spain. He succeeded his half-brother in 427 as GENSERIC King of the Vandals.
GENSERIC [Gaiseric], illegitimate son of GODEGISL King of the Vandals & his concubine --- (-477). Procopius names ?Gizerichus notus? as son of ?Godigisclo?. He succeeded his half-brother in 427 as GENSERIC King of the Vandals. Isidor's Historia Gothorum, Wandalorum, Sueborum names "Gesericus frater Gunderici" when recording that he succeeded the latter as Vandal king in Spain. The Vandals crossed into North Africa en masse in May 429, although what prompted this move is unclear. The Chronicon of Bishop Idatius records that ?Gaisericus Rex?cum Wandalis omnibus? left ?Bęticę Provincię litore? and went ?ad Mauritaniam et Africam? in May 429. According to Iordanes, the Romans lost the province of Africa to the Vandals "per Bonifatium", although this does not explain why they arrived there in the first place. The exploits in Africa of "Geiserici ducis" are described in detail in the Victoris Vitensis Historia. He conquered Hipona in 429, and Carthage in 439, where they established their capital. The Vandal nobles rebelled against their leader in 442. Genseric sacked Rome in 455. The Eastern Roman Empire's first expedition against the Vandals in Africa in 468, led by Basiliscus, brother-in-law of Emperor Leo I, failed despite numerical superiority. The Vandal kingdom dominated the western Mediterranean with Corsica and Sardinia. King Genseric made an agreement with Odoacar King of Italy about Sicily, the latter retaining control over the island in return for yearly tribute. The Victoris Tonnennensis Epsicopi Chronicon records the death in 464 of "Gensericum Wandalorum rex" after reigning for 40 years.
m ---. The names of Genseric's wife or concubines are not known.
Genseric had three children.
Father: Gundericus of the Vandals
Mother: Mistress of Gundericus
- Visislaus II of the Vandals
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